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Engine House


Truro, Cornwall

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In the heart of the Trelissick estate, yet slightly removed and sharing a private enclosed garden with the The Water Tower, Engine House provides comfortable accommodation in a wonderful setting. Built in the same era and with the same workmanship and attention to detail as the Water Tower, it used to house the generator for pumping water from the tower to the main house.

Explore the Fal Estuary and beyond without impacting on the delicate natural environment of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Park up the car and do all your travelling by river. Use the hop-on hop-off ferries to visit Falmouth, Truro and all points between.

We also have other cottages at the heart of the Trelissick estate, including the nearby Ferris's Cottage and Quay Cottage. Further to the west of the estate you can find Old Lodge and New Lodge.

If you would like to go on holiday and explore this part of the country you can find out more about our other West Cornwall holiday cottages here.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
Hall, sitting/dining room with open fire, galley kitchen, bathroom (including large shower cubicle with folding seat and bath with removable seat), two bedrooms (1 double, 1 single), cloakroom with lavatory.
Visitor notes

Heating: Rointe digital electric heating system.

Parking: Level shingled driveway with space for one car outside the garage.

Garden: Shared enclosed garden with The Water Tower.

Utilities: Washing machine, tumble drier and freezer are situated in the adjoining garage. The washing machine and tumble dryer are a combined washer/dryer.

Telephone: Limited reception for mobile telephones.

Offers: Guests will benefit from a late Sunday checkout of 4pm at this cottage.

Free entry to Trelissick, Glendurgan Garden and Trerice on production of booking details.

Catering: Homemade meals can be ready on your arrival at an extra charge.

Logs - Supply of seasoned beech and ash logs from a local National Trust plantation available: £5 for one night, £10 for two, £15 for three or £20 for an unlimited supply for the duration of your stay.

Hiring mobility equipment, local to Trelissick:

Cornwall Mobility at the Royal Cornwall Hospital – 01872 254920

Tremorvah Industries at Threemilestone – 01872 324340

Local Suppliers: Canoe Cornwall offer good value and good quality. They provide archery, bushcraft and canoeing sessions on Fal and Helford.

Please Note: All rooms are accessed via a 65cm-wide corridor

Cottage details
Let starts
Min stay
Dogs allowed
Yes, 2
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  • Dogs welcome
  • Open fire / stove
  • Beach nearby
  • Pub nearby
  • Coast nearby
  • Single storey
  • Garden appeal
  • Cot
  • Freezer
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • WiFi
  • DVD
  • Fridge
  • Accessible for occasional wheelchair users
  • Accessible for ambulant disabled people
  • If you would like a copy of the access statement for this cottage please call the booking office on 0344 335 1287


Things to see and do nearby

A magnolia blooming at Trengwainton Garden, Cornwall © Stephen Robson

Cornwall may be steeped in Celtic history yet it also offers the uncomplicated joy of a day spent by the sea. From the picture-box charms of the villages and towns of St Ives, Polzeath and Port Isaac to the raw natural beauty of the coast, one trip to this part of the world is often just the start of many more. Remember to pack some good walking boots and you will be set for life!

Cottage location
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place to visit
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  • foot ferry to Truro
  • Falmouth and St Mawes
  • car ferry to Roseland Peninsula
  • Fishing
  • horse riding
  • walking
  • water sports.
National Trust places to visit
Trelissick Garden
Trelissick Garden Tranquil varied garden in fabulous position, with a superb collection of tender and exotic plants
Glendurgan Garden
Glendurgan Garden Superb subtropical garden, with special interest for families
East Pool Mine
East Pool Mine Impressive Cornish beam engines and industrial heritage discovery centre
Trerice Elizabethan manor house with fine interiors and delightful garden
Penrose Estate: Gunwalloe and Loe Pool
Penrose Wooded country around Cornwall's largest natural lake and dramatic coastal scenery
Godolphin Ancient and atmospheric house and garden set within an historic estate


Comments from past visitors

  • Mrs Taylor
    • July 2016
    • Shropshire
    Wonderful location

    Wonderful location and very thoughtful facilities for my disabled father. Our dog was also thoughtfully provided for with a water bowl, bed and even a pack of Doggy pasty biscuits!

  • Mrs Roberts
    • July 2016
    • West Yorkshire
    Perfect relaxing holiday

    The cottage had a really homely, welcoming feel. Furnishings and facilities were excellent. Loved having Wi-Fi. The garden was beautiful, so many birds. Seeing the two regular woodpecker visitors early in the evening was a real treat. The Engine House is in a fabulous location with lots to see and do. We certainly made the most of our National Trust membership. And Fal River Cruises right on the doorstep meant we had no need to use the car every day. The cafe and shop discount which came with the property was a real bonus, and I ended up having far too many Cornish cream teas. So the evening woodland walks on the Trelissick estate were both enjoyable and necessary, and provided an opportunity to see all the wonderful wildlife. A perfect relaxing holiday.

  • Anonymous
    • March 2016
    • Unknown
    Spotlessly clean

    Lovely cottage with walled garden, ideal for the dog. Beautiful location with lots of walks from cottage door. Cottage well equipped and spotlessly clean.

  • R Page
    • December 2015
    • Beds
    Made enjoyable....

    Being able to do what we want at times to suit us.

  • K Riley
    • September 2015
    • Surrey
    Exceeded expectations!

    We could not fault the cottage. I was in the single room and was delighted by its size and storage space. It was also good to have two mirrors and a hair drier supplied in the room. I usually find that a single room is not so well equipped as a double room but this exceeded expectations. The tranquillity of the environment was excellent. Really helped to relax mind and body. The flowers, milk and biscuits supplied on our arrival was an added bonus.

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What it will cost

Prices include:

  • VAT, Linen, heating and electricity (except where shown in the cottage details)
  • We cannot accept website bookings more than 15 months in advance. Please call 0344 335 1287 or email to enquire about future bookings and reservations.
  • The National Trust reserves the right to move cottage prices up or down and to alter date breaks. We also reserve the right to charge supplements for cottages for specific dates covering special events, e.g. Rosetta Cottages on the Isle of Wight during Cowes week. We will notify you of any special event supplements at the time of booking.


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